The 2016 Ford Bronco appears to be very unlikely at this time. Although the rumors about the vehicle started as early as April 1, 2014, which some branded as an April Fool’s Day joke that was blown out of proportion, it seems to have eventually grown some teeth on it, especially when some of its specifications and features were released, which could not have been a product of a wild imagination.
There has been no official statement or pronouncement from Ford Motor Company about the 2016 Ford Bronco. The last official word about the vehicle from the American carmaker was way back in 2004 when it showcased the Ford Bronco concept at the New York International Auto Show then.
It also does not help the cause of the 2016 Ford Bronco when all of a sudden, reports about the 2017 Ford Bronco started coming out, which somehow validated that the first vehicle, as much as the second one, is just a rumor.
However, Digital Trends has released a report indicating that Ford is indeed contemplating on developing the Bronco and with the timeframe it mentioned, it practically throw the 2016 Ford Bronco rumors out the window.
Accordingly, the American carmaker is looking to expand its family of off-roaders with a new Ranger and the Bronco, last seen out in the market more than 20 years ago, not counting the concept car it showed in 2004.
Ford executives are said to be seriously considering bringing the Ranger pickup truck back to the United States because the F-150, which is considered as the company’s bread-and-butter model, has evolved to become bigger and most expensive. Apparently, the American carmaker wants a pickup truck that will compete with the level of other brands including the Chevrolet Colorado, the Toyota Tacoma among others currently in the US market.
As for the Ford Bronco, reports have it that it will be an evolution of the Everest SUV that the carmaker also based on the Ranger. However, it is said to feature a shorter wheelbase and it will come with a two-door model.
It will also be a serious off-roader and will be aimed to compete head-on with the Jeep Wrangler, which somehow validates reports and rumors that the next Ford Bronco will look like a combination of a jeep and an SUV.
Assuming that the Ranger and the Bronco get the green light for production, it would likely be manufactured in the Michigan Assembly Plant, where Ford is currently producing the Focus and the C-Max. This actually puts the idea in question because the assembly plant can certainly not accommodate a third, much more a fourth vehicle line, for production and assembly.
However, there are reports that the production of both the Focus and the C-Max on the same plant will cease in 2018, which means that the production of the Ranger and the Bronco could start by then. Doing the math on the timeline, then it is likely that the new Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco will start hitting the market one year later or in 2019, with 2020 being a conservative target of release.
The Motor Authority also confirmed the latest report direct from the Ford Motor Company, which apparently was on the cusp of bringing back the Ranger and the Bronco.
Accordingly, Ford is now seriously mulling the return of the iconic Bronco and many of its sentimental fans are actually looking forward to its resurrection. A modern Bronco would be a welcome addition to the Ford family and if it would be manufactured according to previous rumors that have been going on for years, it will be a rugged sports utility vehicle meant to conquer off-road trails.